Definition of Asphalt

1. Noun. Mixed asphalt and crushed gravel or sand; used especially for paving but also for roofing.

Generic synonyms: Pavement, Paving, Paving Material
Derivative terms: Asphaltic

2. Verb. Cover with tar or asphalt. "Asphalt the driveway"
Generic synonyms: Pave

3. Noun. A dark bituminous substance found in natural beds and as residue from petroleum distillation; consists mainly of hydrocarbons.
Exact synonyms: Mineral Pitch
Generic synonyms: Mineral
Derivative terms: Asphaltic

Definition of Asphalt

1. n. Mineral pitch, Jews' pitch, or compact native bitumen. It is brittle, of a black or brown color and high luster on a surface of fracture; it melts and burns when heated, leaving no residue. It occurs on the surface and shores of the Dead Sea, which is therefore called Asphaltites, or the Asphaltic Lake. It is found also in many parts of Asia, Europe, and America. See Bitumen.

2. v. t. To cover with asphalt; as, to asphalt a roof; asphalted streets.

Definition of Asphalt

1. Noun. A sticky, black and highly viscous liquid or semi-solid, composed almost entirely of bitumen, that is present in most crude petroleums and in some natural deposits. ¹

2. Noun. An abbreviation for asphalt concrete, a hard ground covering used for roads and walkways. ¹

3. Verb. To pave with asphalt. ¹

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Definition of Asphalt

1. to coat with asphalt (a substance used for paving and roofing) [v -ED, -ING, -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Asphalt

asphalt (current term)
asphalt concrete
asphalt emulsion
asphalt jungle
asphalt shingle

Literary usage of Asphalt

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1. Corporate Promotions and Reorganizations by Arthur Stone Dewing (1914)
"Reorganization and incorporation of General asphalt Company. AFTER the National asphalt Company became supreme in the field its business did not prosper. ..."

2. The Popular Science Monthly (1873)
"Ancient authors state that Babylon was partly built with asphalt, and that an asphalt cement was used for the walls of Nineveh. ..."

3. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and General by Thomas Spencer Baynes (1888)
"asphalt melts at or a little below the boiling point of water, and it burns with a rather smoky flame. It is regarded as the ultimate result of a series of ..."

4. Asphalts and Allied Substances: Their Occurrence, Modes of Production, Uses by Herbert Abraham (1920)
"asphalt First Used in the United States for Foot Pavements. The earliest case on record of rock asphalt being used in the United States for sidewalks is in ..."

5. The Mineral Industry (1902)
"The product obtained resembled a wax more than an asphalt, and with the exception of ... It was bought a few years later by the Barber asphalt Paving Co., ..."

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